Call for more action after estate gang attack claim
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 September 2013
CALLS for an under-16s no-go zone to be enforced have been made by a Weston councillor after reports of antisocial behaviour and a gang attack.
Ian Parker, who represents South Ward on North Somerset Council, said a man was allegedly attacked by a large group of youths in Aller Parade on the Oldmixon estate after he argued with the youngsters.
He is calling on the police to do more to patrol a dispersal zone which has been set up on parts of the estate, including Aller Parade and parts of Monkton Avenue, Broadway, Winterstoke Road and Brompton Road and which operates from 9pm-6am.
The zone gives officers the power to remove under-16s from the area and arrest those who do not comply.
Cllr Parker said: “I think the police should be making an example of the main perpetrators – take them home and confront the parents.
“They have done that to one or two and the parents have been horrified.
“They have identified the problem, identified the solution and established the dispersal zone. It is now up to the police to make it work and they can only do that by having bodies on the ground.”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary chief inspector Alex Cohen said: “The dispersal zone on the Oldmixon estate came into effect at the start of August in an effort to make the area a more safe and peaceful place. It isn’t a blanket ban on young people being in those places and it isn’t about criminalising people.
“It’s about identifying the few troublemakers who cause intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to others and allowing the police to use their common sense about when they should move people on.
“Response teams patrol the area every night and the neighbourhood team are working tirelessly with residents, Alliance Homes, local businesses and the council to try to reduce antisocial behaviour in the area.
“We ask parents to also play their part, making sure they know where their children are, both during the day and in the evening and that they’re not getting into trouble. “